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Take a doggy-paddle around the block

21 January, 2008 (09:35) | hitch | By: hitch

So the problem with swimming is you get bored before you get tired.
okay, I get bored before I get tired. I think that probably says more about my attention span than it does about my stamina as a swimmer – though my swimming isn’t bad. Used to be one of my stronger points.
I think part of the problem is that swimming is almost never used as an actual method of transportation except in extreme circumstances and emergencies.
No one ever says “I think I’ll swim down to the corner store. You guys want anything?”
I mean, I can walk, run, or bike all sorts of places and it’s not only normal, it’s encouraged. Even when swimming is the shortest route, it’s at the bottom of the list of locomotion alternatives. I mean, seriously – if you’re walking through the woods and you come across a lake, spying on the opposite bank a particularly interesting variety of flora, would you a) swim across the lake or b) follow the shore around until you get there. You chose b, right?
(actually, you probably chose c) what do I care about the local plantlife?)
I blame the urban planning committees of major metropolitan areas that have completely failed to design their infrastructure around swimmers. I say we start lobbying now for swimming paths alongside the sidewalks of our nation’s great cities. Join with me now in calling for an end to the tyranny of the feet. Lap lanes for the masses!

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Comment from Dad of course
Time 1/21/2008 at 10:25 pm

So you went swimming on your day off? Indoors I hope, since the high for the day was about 20 degrees. In general it appears you are just crazy!!!!
The problem with swimming that lake is either your clothes are all wet or you don’t have any to put on when you get to the other side, then you have to wear that flora.
Have a good one, its supposed to snow tomorrow.
Dad

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